I met Derek Piotr in 2010, since then we have been trying to find time to make something together involving FeedbackLoop. After a couple of months and after the self release of his album AGORA, he approached me with the idea of making a remix album to be released at FeedbackLoop. I was thinking about that idea for some time, and it was just the perfect excuse to go ahead with a new series of free releases â the reworks.
Derek's work is determined by his voice and words. Exploring the boundaries of sound he combines is strong lyricism with deep beats. Much like AGF's work Derek Piotr adventures himself to the realm of vocal expressions as primordial sonic material.
The Focus remixes present you this particular domain reworked by other sound artists, which in the end become a coherent piece as a whole, developing ideas that Derek Piotr started and taking them into several different directions. Hope you enjoy this first release, and particularly, let yourself adventure in sound.
Derek Piotr is a Poland-born composer based currently in New England. The main focus of his work is vocal manipulation and electroacoustic composition, either directed towards song form or abstract experimentation. He has interned for Meredith Monk; collaborated with AGF, Scanner, and Khonnor; and had works featured on The Wire's Adventures in Modern Music radio program (May 2010). His last work, AGORA, explored ectroacoustic and digital sound in context with the unification of different cultures by including field samples from various countries within the body of work. A remix album to supplement AGORA is currently in-progress.
on AGORA: “an eerie series of sonic explorations…some are noisy, some are surprisingly accessible.” - The Needle Drop
“this isn’t some ambient recording; it’s a living, breathing, moving album that refuses to sit still” -Beach Sloth
photo by Meire Todao cover design by Leonardo Rosado (cc) by nc nd October 2011